Battle Ground leaders set to vote on demolishing abandoned building

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – What was once a hotel in Tippecanoe County has now been an eyesore since 2003.

Tuesday morning, Battle Ground town leaders will vote to demolish the old hotel building off State Road 43 and Interstate 65.

“May of 2003 is when it was abandoned,” said Steve Egly, Battle Ground Town Council president. “At that point, they boarded up the lower two floors. Since that time, it has just continued to deteriorate.”

Egly said the building’s story started in the ’90s when it was a Holiday Inn.

“In the mid-90s, it was annexed by the town of Battle Ground, and then later in the 90s it was transferred to a Days Inn,” he said.

In the past six to eight years, the building has been sold several times at tax sales.

“Under those conditions, we’d have a potential, new owner that we were hopeful would actually come in and do something with the property,” Egly explained.

However, both times Egly said the building was then redeemed back to its original owner who is based out of Chicago.

“And then we’re still back to the same position we were,” he said.

Battle Ground leaders said it’s not only an eyesore to the community, but they’ve had people accessing the building through openings in the fence.

“We’ve had a lot of problems with people getting in to scrap out the metal,” Egly said. “We’ve had a lot of breaking and entering.”

Until the building is torn down and the area is cleaned up, Egly said he’ll continue to stay hopeful.

“It’s a nice interchange as far as not being built up compared to what we have in the Lafayette area,” Egly said. “But we have one piece of property that seems to be in the way of development.”

Egly said local and out-of-state developers have shown interest in the property throughout the years.

News 18 was unable to reach the owner Monday.

Town council members will meet Tuesday morning to vote on demolishing the building.